HRET receives $4 Million contract to reduce CAUTI rates nationwide

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a one year, $4 million contract to The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, to help hospitals nationwide reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, according to an HRET press release. 

According to the press release, twelve states are currently signed up to participate in the program, which will involves implementing infection reduction protocols and a unit-based safety program designed to decrease CAUTI rates by at least 25 percent.

Participating hospitals will receive advice on effective prevention strategies from organizations that have successfully reduced CAUTIs.

(Sources: AHA News Now,, November 2, 2011; Health Research & Educational Trust,, November 2, 2011)